Blues 2010: Still Got the Groove

Music Was Everywhere

As a kid growing up in the sixties music captured my imagination… Back then I was still way too young to express myself. But I did know I was hooked and really didn’t stand a chance. I had an overwhelming desire to be involved somehow, but not necessarily as a musician. I remember my brother playing guitar along to the sounds of John Mayall and The Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton in the room we shared. And I also recall the blazing guitar riffs of Jeff Beck with The Yardbirds playing down the hall in my sister’s room. This set the tone and the learning blocks for my love of the blues…

Welcome New Visitors

For some of you, this will be the first visit to The Blues Blogger site. You may have been doing a search on “the blues” or happen to just stumble upon this blog. Perhaps you arrived through Twitter and other social media sites?

However, there are a select few that have been specifically invited here as my guest this time around. Some of us are just getting acquainted and others have known me for many years. They are now seeing what I’ve been up to, not only for the past 28 months, but in some cases the last 4o or more years. Now that I’ve broke open the dam a little, I’d like to officially welcome you to The Blues Blogger’s home on the internet. Please relax, browse around and make yourself comfortable…

As you check out the pages it’s important for you to know that without my dedicated online readers/friends who regularly stop in and say hello, this music site would not nearly be as much fun. Their sincere and warm comments really help enhance the posts I write. Please know that your input is always welcome and very much appreciated.

Often I’ll receive some pretty cool emails and while it’s difficult to get to them all, I do try my best. One of my favorite’s are the ones that will say, “I think (you guys) did a really good job this week.” Although I’m very flattered, for the record The Blues Blogger is entirely a one man show. I work on these posts in my spare time in the evenings and weekends and publish a weekly article on either Sunday or Monday nights. I never claim to know it all. The purpose of this blog was always just a therapeutic way to express myself while either remembering some music from my past or some new material I’ve come across, or which may have been brought to my attention.

Would I like to do two three or more articles a week? You better believe it! It boggles my mind when I see that my current internet statistics continue to rank above some record labels and artists that I admire. (There are many reasons for this that go beyond content which involves SEO, WordPress and the power of its blogging platform.) At the same time I do get a little frustrated because my creative side believes much more can be done. I receive many requests to write reviews, post press releases and upcoming information on artist’s performances in clubs and festivals etc… Unfortunately with a weekly post its hard to keep up with everything…

I have some really good ideas of what I’d do given the opportunity, and at the same time give back to those that have enriched my life so very much. But for me (as it is for many of us) family comes first and realistically my day gig is what helps turn on the lights. For those who’d like to see more posts, while I appreciate your enthusiasm, until a realistic opportunity presents itself where I’m able to afford more time and take The Blues Blogger up a notch, I’ll keep on doing what I’ve always done, and present to you (as often as possible) music that keeps me rockin’. And hopefully we’ll continue to hit some mutual chords along the way…

For All My New and Recently Invited Guests

here are some links to some of the articles I’ve written here as The Blues Blogger. These represent only a few of the many musical posts I’ve done from the Fall of 2007 to the present… I hope you enjoy them as much as I loved putting them together:

Blues Legends

Albert Collins: Master of The Telecaster
Buddy Guy: A Man & the blues (1968)
Elvin Bishop: The Blues Rolls On
Freddie King: Is a Blues Master
Johnny Winter: Self Titled Album (1969)
Junior Wells: The Hoodoo Man

Magic Sam: Sliding Back to the Past

Muddy Waters: Fathers and Sons (1969)
Otis Rush: I Can’t Quit You Baby
Remembering Little Walter
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East West (1966)
Willie Dixon I Am The Blues

Inspiring Newer Artists

Joe Bonamassa: Live From The Royal Albert Hall DVD Review
Mike Zito: Inspiring New Release Pearl River
Murali Coryell: Sweet New Release Sugar Lips

Sensational Women in Music

Ana Popovic: New Release Blind For Love
Beverly “guitar” Watkins: Playing It Like a Man
Etta Baker: Queen of the Piedmont Blues
Janiva Magness: Blues With a Soulful Expression
Joanne Shaw Taylor: Time Has Come With Debut Release White Sugar
Memphis Minnie: Blues Pioneer
Nina Simone: My Baby Just Cares For Me
Susan Tedeschi: Going Back to the River With Her Latest Release
Tal Wilkenfeld: Bass Guitar Prodigy
Shemekia Copeland: Upcoming Release is Called Never Going Back

Great Blues Rock and Soul

The Allman Brothers Band: The Road Continues
Blind Faith: Flash Back Summer (1969)
Boz Scaggs: (1969) Loan Me a Dime
George Thorogood & The Destroyers: The Dirty Dozen
Joe Louis Walker: Electrifying New Album Between A Rock And The Blues
The Robert Cray Band: New Album “This Time” Keeps You Rockin

Jazz Selections

Gene Krupa: Remembering 100 Years
Jaco Pastorius: The Great Innovator
Legendary Reunion: Return to Forever 2008
Steve Khan: The Blue Man

Music History Reflections

Beale Street: The True Home of the Blues
The Jewish Influence in Blues and Jazz
Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Play The Music of Ray Charles

I Love Music

These were the first three words back in the fall of 2007 that I wrote for this blog. As I’ve said many times before, music has intense healing powers and for me is the greatest medicine I know of. Perhaps Jimi Hendrix describes it best when he said, “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

Yes, this is a reflective blog, but I also personally believe that 2010 will be a tremendous year in music. And as we adapt to this new age of sharing information, seasoned musicians and upcoming blues/jazz artists will be recognized more than ever for their contributions and commitment. It’s their heartfelt efforts that continue to motivate people like myself in a way that would not be possible without them…

Now it’s your turn… Are any of your favorite musicians on the list above or playing in these videos? Any musical moments that you recall while growing up? Your comments as usual are always welcome…

All the Best in 2010,

The Blues Blogger

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14 years ago

Just found this site. Thank you for the primer post. I’m looking forward to reading them all!

14 years ago

Best of the New Year to you! Thanks for your time and effort, I have enjoyed the ride for some time now. Keep on Bluesin!

14 years ago

thanks for the post this week–jeff beck and eric clapton what a treat two of my favorites as well as many of the performers you have posted love the links!!! as a “newby” to your blog been around for only a few months i enjoy seeing your older blogs
i always learn something new and sometimes even hear something i have never heard of which is always great, thanks for taking the time to blog about your personal reasons to post this awesome blog and i look forward to an awesome new year listening to music i love –sometimes forgotten, sometimes never heard of but amazing all the same!!!! Here’s to an amazing new year full of music by a music lover for music lovers!!!

14 years ago

“… I also personally believe that 2010 will be a tremendous year in music.”

Glad to read such an optimistic assessment for 2010 and I share your optimism. Please keep up the good work and take care during this coming new year.

I wish only the best for you and your family. 🙂

14 years ago

This has become a great body of work, mixing the old with the new, the traditional with the innovators, the famous and those whose music is not as familiar.

The blues will never die, because there will always be a Muddy Waters who gives a Paul Butterfield a chance or a Jeff Beck who promotes a gifted musician like Tal Wilkenfeld.

And the Blues Blogger will keep us informed.

Happy New Year to you and those dearest to you.

Marcel Lemieux/starflight

Your contribution to blues and news is enormous…did you know that? Its a big world out there and then time just flys by..obligations..etc..but gee you sure are doing a fantastic job at presenting blues and a great variety of artists…a super big bravo to you….Continue with your passion my friend.

14 years ago

What a delight this post is, you really get across your passion and enthusiasm for Blues. Happy New Year and I look forward to continuing to read and learn from your postings.


Bluesemotion (Annamaria)

Your passion and conribution for blues is absolutely involving .Thank you for posting such good music on your amazing blog .All the best in 2010.

14 years ago

To my dear blues love friend, how I can relate to your stories and passion for the music. Your efforts are greatly appreciated, certainly by me and I am sure many others.

I have personally sent your site to many blues followers. You, cover your topic well, and your love of the blues is fantastic. I only wish I had your dedication & commitment. Please keep up the good work, while, maintaining you & your families priorities.

Cheers Howard.

Kim Rowell
14 years ago

Keep on, keepin’ on. You rock! 🙂

Alan Eisenberg
Alan Eisenberg
14 years ago

Hiya BB and welcome back. I’m looking forwards to more fine pieces from you. By the way, I just got turned on to a group called, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. WOW! This is one smokin’ hot blues band out of Chicago. Check ’em out folks. Be well and have a healthy, happy new year!

14 years ago

I think one of the greatest gifts one person can give to another is the ability to be loved. It is so rare to find someone that you can talk to that shares the same interests, has a life worthy of loving the blues and talks about it too!

You’ve mentioned your wife often, it’s as if she is part of this blog too.

I’ve been following you through some of my own blues times and gotten through just fine, thank you, because this site and your writing style has always helped to put things into perspective.

My whole family ushered in the New Year listening to my husband’s band jam on the blues. The music was so much richer after your educational material.

Glad to be your fan.

14 years ago

…. great post and they just keep on rockin’, Jeff and Eric are definitely two of the guitar master’s of the 60’s and through the decades I have lived so far !! It’s hard to say which one I heard 1st…. back then, we were bombarded by great new music from the “English Invasion” nearly everyday…. and then, the U.S. “counter invasion” too…. well, that’s how I remember it !! Now, it’s called “Classic Rock”…. somehow I knew that…. that 1st time I ever heard those bands !! It was a very special time in musical creativity !!

14 years ago

Jeff and Eric are absolutely awesome!! Its great to see that the Blues still lives. Great post !!!

14 years ago

Howdy: Starting to plan for the 2010 Spring and Summer Blues Festival season. Reflecting upon (CRS, used calendars and spreadsheets my wife and I keep) 2009 – what a great year. There were 31 weekends where we saw live (mostly blues) music and only about half in the Atlanta, Georgia area – yes, we travel. Although I avoid large arenas, we went to Washington, DC to see Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood – what an experience – they played 4 or 5 of the only 6 Blind Faith’s songs [one of my all time favorite albums] and Steve reacquainted me with Traffic, which I had forgotten. Their “Live from Madison Square Garden” 2 CD set is a good representation of the show we saw.

Best bar show was at Chip’s Place in Winder, GA where Bernard Allison just jammed on ever tune. I just love small bars, but if y’all ever have the chance to see Bernard, GO! Regardless of the venue or the star power, this evening now ranks in the top 5 happenings I have ever attended since the ‘60s.

In 2009, I also found myself venturing away from blues into Americana. I would be remiss if I did not mention a good-old-Georgia-boy Zac Brown. Over Christmas weekend, we went to our first ever show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Zac will probably graduate to much larger venues in 2010. The ZBB is nominated for three GRAMMYs – Best New Artist, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Chicken Fried,” and Best Country Album for The Foundation. I will be watching the Grammy Awards to see Zac perform and cheer on the band.

14 years ago

Awesome blog, thanks. I have you in my favorites now.

Cuchulainn Robertson
Cuchulainn Robertson
13 years ago

hey there! i just stumbled on the site and its great, maybe even my new homepage, but one thing i think its lacking, under new inspiring artists there is no mention of The Black Keys! they’re great! anyway thanks for all the enjoyment i am going to get out of this site!